How to Open or Recover .asd Files

Roxanne updated on Feb 23, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This page provides two simple methods on how to effectively open .asd file and restore lost word documents via the best file recovery software in the market. Follow the step by step guides provided below to start open .asd file as well as recover lost .asd word documents right now!

The following 3 methods can be applied to Word 2007, 2010, 2016, and 2019 for ASD file recovery:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Locate and Open ASD Open Word > "File" > "Info" > "Manage Document" > "Recover Recent Unsaved Documents"...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover from Recent Open Word > "File" > "Open" > "Recent" > Click "Recover Unsaved Document"...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover Lost Word Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan Word location > Preview and restore lost Word...Full steps

How Do I Open or Recover a .asd File

"Hi, when I was working on a critical document on my PC, Microsoft Word errored out. And the application saved the Word document as a .asd file with the AutoRecover feature. However, when I tried to open the document, I got the message saying, "Microsoft Word cannot open this file because it is an unsupported file type." How can I recover the contents? Please help if you know how to open or recover a .asd file. Many thanks!"

A .asd file contains a snapshot or backup copy of the currently opened Word document by the AutoRecover tool of Microsoft Word. It is usually used to recover unsaved Word file due to a power outage, crash, or system failure. In general, the .asd files can be opened with Microsoft Word 2010 in Microsoft Windows-based Systems. But sometimes, you might fail to open it like in the example above; Word may say that the data is unsupported and cannot open it. On this page, we will show two effective ways to open a .asd file and recover the .asd files with ease.

Two Easy Ways to Open a .asd File and Recover a Lost Word Document

Method 1. Open a .asd File from Word 2010

Step 1. Open Word, click on "File" > "Info" > "Manage Document" > "Recover Unsaved Documents".

Step 2. Locate the folder where you have the .asd file.

Step 3. Click on "All files" on the bottom right corner.

Step 4. Select the .asd file and click "Open" to open it.

Method 2. Recover .asd Files from Unsaved Files Folder

Step 1. Open Word and click on "File" > "Open" > "Recent".

Step 2. Looking down the bottom of the screen, and click "Recover Unsaved Documents".

Step 3. Go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles and find the .asd file. Click "Open" > "Save As" to recover the .asd file.

Find more methods on how to recover unsaved Word document Windows 10. 

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Recover Deleted/Lost Word Document with EaseUS File Recovery Software

Microsoft Word documents can be lost in many cases, such as accidental deletion, storage device formatting/damage, virus attack, lost partition, etc. When this happens, you can't recover the Word files using the AutoRecover feature, which is only useful for restoring the unsaved Word document. Then, how do you recover the deleted or lost document? Don't be discouraged; you have EaseUS hard drive recovery software to help you out.

This capable program allows you to fully recover DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, and HTML/HTM from internal/external hard drive, SD/CF card, USB flash drive, Pen drive, and more. If you have lost Word document from USB, go and read how to recover deleted files from UBS flash drive.

Now, download and use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore Word document without effort.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button. If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, take one more step to connect it to your computer.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan all lost data.

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive, and you'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results. After the scan, use the quickest way to the wanted Word documents by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter". 

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Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

You're allowed to preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired documents and click "Recover".

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1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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